JCon72 (12) - Springtown, Texas, USA - JUL 26, 2013
A beautiful import! Nothing could be a better accompaniment to riding the London eye. wildfruity (7) - Aylesbury, ENGLAND - JAN 9, 2016 does not count
My favourite regular beer. It has it all. Flavour, strength, just about perfect. ALavery03 (16) - Massachusetts, USA - JUL 12, 2012
Liquid campfire. Pours a translucent copper/bronze...taste is of caramel and toasted oak...smooth, complex, toasty, creamy, semisweet. Wish I had another right now. scotty (1199) - SCOTLAND - NOV 29, 2009
Lovely burnt amber colour, remarkable nose of fruit and soft caramel, brilliant! Smooth and superbly balanced palate, malt and hops in near perfect harmony. The 6.5% is superbly disguised until after a few satisfying mouthfuls that familiar hits the grey matter. This is crackin’ stuff, get some in for Xmas! I_LUV_BEER (231) - - SEP 3, 2016
Served in a Teku glass from a 500ml bottle. Pours clear orange-red amber with a medium off-white head. Aroma is toffee and caramel, some grassy notes, red fruit, banana esters. Taste is a complex combination of toffee, raisins, malts, biscuit and a hint of red berries. Bitter-sweet with subtle bitter finish. Medium body with medium carbonation. Very fine, highly enjoyable and very well crafted ale!
kvnstfrd (32) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 5, 2013
Appearance: Pours a dark, amber color with a frothy, long-lasting head with plenty of lacing.
Aroma: Raisins, spicy hops and cereal grains with a woody aroma.
Taste: Initial taste is brandy-like with dark fruits, oak and a subtle taste of liquorice while on the palate. Aftertaste is a perfect blend of sweet, dark fruit flavors and a dry bitter. Mouth-feel is medium with almost no detectable carbonation. A smooth and buttery swallow.
This is a difficult-to-find brew that I’ve been hunting for 3 or 4 years. I am happy to report that it has been well worth the hunt and the wait. This one just might make it into my top-10 list! Grzesiek79 (4276) - Radom, POLAND - APR 19, 2014
Dobre piwo w elegandzkiej butelce. Vintage Ale ale nie podany jest rocznik. W zapachu morele suszone i daktyle. W smaku takze wyczuwa sie te suszki i do tego dochodzi drewno wilgotne i stechle. W zapachu wilgotny material jakby nasaczony rumem. Lekka nuta alkoholowa w koncowce. Don2711 (470) - - MAY 13, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 7, 2015 Lovely aroma. Raisin flavour. Amber appearance. Great strength and aftertaste. Nice level of bitterness. BlackHaddock (7232) - Shropshire, ENGLAND - MAY 17, 2012
November 2008: I wrote this on BA. It is a sunny yet cold Sunday afternoon in Shropshire and I want a decent pint before my Sunday Lunch. I have choosen this beer from my stash.
The clear 500ml bottle was poured into my ’La Chouffe’ tulip glass three times (to catch the aromas and force a good head out of the beer). It had almost a year left of its life, so was fairly fresh when reviewed.
The beer poured a deep rich amber and on each occasion had a well formed off-white foaming head. On each pour the head fell away to a thinner covering and some laceing on the glass.
Oak aged beers always remind me of coal fires and childhood Christmas’s, the aromas in this one followed the same trend. A warm and comforting smell, a ’Sod the Credit Crunch’, ’Balls to the Recession’ type of richness only the well off can have. This is a boardroom of the rich beer.
The taste also brings back memories of sitting round the fire and warmth. A deep malty richness and depth of the body give this beer a really good glow and feel.
The 6.5% is well hidden within the brew and even though it is a mix of two beers (Old Speckled Hen and Old 5X), the blender has got it just about perfect. This is the best GK beer I’ve ever had.
One small note, ’Old 5X’ isn’t sold, it is a 12% Oak aged (3 years) brew that is blended into other GK beers.
mtwhitney (168) - Maui, Hawaii, USA - MAY 29, 2013
Excellent English ale. Nicely balanced, and the extra alcohol gives it more character than their Speckled Hen.